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Must-Order Kale Salads from Coast to Coast

Kale is the new black. Across the country, these kale salads remain on the A list.

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Kale's Big Comeback

Kale, with its fibrous, cabbage-like leaves loaded with beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C and calcium, was once the nerd of the vegetable drawer — obscure, super-healthy and wildly underappreciated. But the nation's top chefs have revitalized this beautiful green, using it in all sorts of powerhouse salads and turning it almost famous. Here are some of our favorite kale salads from coast to coast.

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Atlanta: The Optimist

If you want to eat your kale, but you're kinda hungry for something big and hearty, try Chef Ford Fry's kale salad at The Optimist. This is a kale salad that eats like a meal. You'll want a big appetite for this oversized bowl of beautiful greens topped with bright Calabrese peppers, smoky chorizo and frizzled shallots in a zippy sherry vinaigrette.

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Chicago: Little Goat

Chef Stephanie Izard of Little Goat makes one of Chicago's best kale salads. Her Chickpea Salad is made with a kale base, tossed with fresh chopped veggies, Montamore cheese, tzatziki and Izard's signature "chee" vinaigrette — her spicy, saucy take on kimchee. Feel free to add chicken, but you really don't need it.
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Dallas: CBD Provisions

Chef Richard Blankenship reaches for goat feta, golden raisins and Aleppo pepper for his kale salad at CBD Provisions in Dallas. It's a rather unexpected combination of ingredients that works beautifully.

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